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Health Agencies Update
July 24/31, 2013

Database Allows Researchers, Patients to Scrutinize Supplements

JAMA. 2013;310(4):361. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.8795

Researchers and patients will have more information about the ingredients in dietary supplements, thanks to a free searchable database of supplement ingredients created by the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

More than half of US adults take supplements on a regular basis. The Dietary Supplement Label Database contains information about 17 000 dietary supplements, which may include pills, powders, liquids, and such food items as energy bars, according to the NIH (http://www.dsld.nlm.nih.gov).